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I failed a drug test at my job. I

let down my dad. I started to use

drugs. I hated life, I hated my

father. I had nothing to lose.

I didn’t get into art school. I never

finished anything. I used him

as an excuse. No one better.

I let down my guard, the first sin.

He hurt me, and I used drugs

and crashed. I let him down.

I finished the bottle in three slugs;

I drank and drank, gained fifty pounds.

My father died and

I let him down.

(Poem inspired by an assignment I gave in class for students to write about their failures)

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Hi everyone! We’re using this blog to support our poem a day in April project. We hope you will post some of your poems, comment on others’ poems, encourage others to write a poem a day, complain about how hard it is, and celebrate when we are done.

If you have writer’s block, check here for assignments (stolen from elsewhere, no doubt).

Here’s an assignment for April 1: An ode to your favorite food. See Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market by Neruda. I also like Ode to Salt and Ode to My Socks. (but socks are not a food!)

Thanks for joining us. And good luck!

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